Community-acquired pneumonia is lung infection that develops in people with limited or no contact with medical institutions or settings.
Many bacteria, viruses, and fungi can cause pneumonia.
The most common symptom of pneumonia is a cough that produces sputum, but chest pain, chills, fever, and shortness of breath are also common.
Doctors diagnose community-acquired pneumonia by listening to the lungs with a stethoscope and by reading x-rays of the chest.
Antibiotics, antiviral drugs, or antifungal drugs are used depending on which organism doctors believe has caused the pneumonia.
Community-acquired pneumonia is one of several different types of pneumonia that share some common features.